electroshock therapy
noun Date: 1942 the treatment of mental disorder and especially depression by the application of electric current to the head of a usually anesthetized patient that induces unconsciousness and convulsive seizures in the brain — called also electroconvulsive therapy

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  • electroshock therapy — [ē lek′trəshäk΄, i lek′trəshäk΄] n. a form of shock therapy in which electric current is applied to the brain: see also SHOCK THERAPY * * * …   Universalium

  • electroshock therapy — [ē lek′trəshäk΄, i lek′trəshäk΄] n. a form of shock therapy in which electric current is applied to the brain: see also SHOCK THERAPY …   English World dictionary

  • electroshock therapy — n electroconvulsive therapy * * * (EST) electroconvulsive t …   Medical dictionary

  • electroshock therapy — noun the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑electroconvulsive therapy, ↑electroshock, ↑ECT • Hypernyms: ↑shock therapy, ↑shock treatment, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • electroshock therapy — A treatment for severe depression and certain mental disorders. A brief seizure is induced by giving electrical stimulation to the brain through electrodes placed on the scalp. Also called electroconvulsive therapy and ECT …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • electroshock therapy — e|lec|tro|shock ther|a|py [ ı,lektrou ʃak ,θerəpi ] noun uncount ECT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • electroshock treatment — electroshock therapy or electroshock treatment, shock therapy using an electric current passed through the brain: »He has received electroshock therapy to relieve his despondency (New Scientist) …   Useful english dictionary

  • electroshock — noun the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑electroconvulsive therapy, ↑electroshock therapy, ↑ECT • Hypernyms: ↑shock therapy, ↑shock treatment, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • electroshock — noun Date: 1941 1. shock III,5 2. electroshock therapy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • therapy — 1. The treatment of disease or disorder by any method. SEE ALSO: therapeutics. 2. In psychiatry, and clinical psychology, a short term for psychotherapy. SEE ALSO: psychotherapy …   Medical dictionary

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